Microsoft Employee Built A 737 Cockpit In His Home

A certain type of middle-aged man might have an elaborate electric train setup in his basement, or perhaps a really complicated year-round Christmas light display in his front yard.

But this is unique: Microsoft employee Salvator Patuel has built a life-sized replica of a 737 commercial jet cockpit in his home, and uses it to play Flight Simulator X (or FSX).

He explains to Microsoft’s Channel 9 developer site that he started the project because his wife doesn’t like him flying (he has a pilot’s licence). So,  “I said to her ‘Ok, but can I develop my flight simulator in my studio?’, she obviously answered yes, thinking that I was going to buy some kind of joystick and a bigger monitor.”

He built some of the parts himself and ordered others from hobbyist sites, and wired it up to be as realistic as possible — all the controls work, and the cockpit “window” is a monitor showing the game.

Here’s a 10-minute video tour of the whole thing. You’ll need a recent version of Microsoft’s Silverlight plug-in to view it.

 

NOW WATCH: Tech Insider videos

Want to read a more in-depth view on the trends influencing Australian business and the global economy? BI / Research is designed to help executives and industry leaders understand the major challenges and opportunities for industry, technology, strategy and the economy in the future. Sign up for free at research.businessinsider.com.au.